While not receiving major coverage in the media, the Ultimate Fighting Championship event number 151, originally scheduled for Saturday, September 1st, has been canceled. An unhappy Dana White, president of the UFC, made the announcement back on August 23rd.
He related the fact that light heavyweight Dan Henderson had suffered a knee injury while training for his main event title match versus Jon Jones. White stated he had already lined up Chael Sonnen as Hendersons replacement so the fight could go on. Start your UFC 152 Betting action.
Unfortunately, Jones and coach Greg Jackson wanted no part of Sonnen, so White angrily proclaimed the event officially canceled. This was the first UFC numbered event to be canceled in the history of the organization. The idea of renaming UFC 152 as 151 was floated before being shot down, with UFC 151 officially being deemed a “lost show.”
It is rumored that Henderson sustained the injury three weeks prior to reporting it to White in hopes of somehow being able to compete. However, with Henderson’s MCL partially ruptured, it is highly unlikely he would have been recovered enough to be able to compete within a month of being injured. Check the UFC 152 Betting Lines.
White blamed Jones and Jackson for their refusal to meet Sonnen, but Jackson felt taking on Sonnen with just 8 days notice would be the biggest mistake of his entire career. Others blame White for setting up such a weak card to begin with and having too few quality fighters available to substitute when injuries occur. With the pace of UFC fights accelerating from one a month an event every few weeks, such an injury and cancellation was bound to occur at some point.
Jones will now meet Vitor Belfort at UFC 152 on September 22nd in Canada. Jones is a huge 13-1 opening line favorite in that bout. Other fights worth keeping an eye on for UFC 152 include Demetrious Johnson vs. Joseph Benavidez, and Brian Stann vs. Michael Bisping.
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